Battery, fuel cell and solar test equipment consists of specialized test stations, stands or systems, monitors and component modules for performance or endurance testing. Test stands or systems may include load banks, test controllers, gas or fuel supply modules, temperature control modules (e.g., ovens and chillers), and data acquisition units. Battery testers, monitors, and analyzers and diagnostic systems monitor overall or cell voltage, charge, amperage, DC resistance, or...
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Q & A on Fuel Cell and Solar Test Equipment

We asked our users for their input on Fuel Cell and Solar Test Equipment. Here are the results of 142 users familiar with Fuel Cell and Solar Test Equipment.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

Who Took Our Poll?Top

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing battery, fuel cell or solar test equipment design?
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Fuel Cells - The use of low cost coatings instead of precious metals for fuel cells. Being able to use alternative fuels. Larger companies, Ebay, Walmart, Google, Coca-Cola, FedEx, to name a few are giving the technology credibility. Also the majority of the installations are in California which has very stringent environmental laws.
~Kerry Ellquist, WasteWater Lead Treatment Plant Operator, Duluth, MN
Recharge rate & how good the solar cells are in conversion from solar to output.
~Hilton B, Electrician, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Lithium iron phosphate. Portable fuel cell infrastructure. Printable solar cell technology.
~Wayne T, Fire fighter, Marion south australia, Australia
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From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative battery, fuel cell or solar test equipment?
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We have found that Actmeters - gold IBT to be a useful bit of kit in measuring available AH. For voltage current and watt measurements we use a Lem Heme 2050 test meter.
~Phil R, Engineering Consultant, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Nissan's LEAF battery technology. About the fuel cells, I don't think it is a mature technology, yet. About solar test equipment, i don't yet have an opinion.
~Razvan Kadir, Logistics&Purchasing Department Chief- Construction, Bucharest, Romania
Ballard fuel cell technologies. Toyota motor company. Ford motor company.
~Other, Abbotsford, Canada
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Applications and UseTop

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What are some of the applications you have used battery, fuel cell or solar test equipment for?
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To my knowledge, we are the only company in the UK that designs, builds and installs UPS/Battery Back UP Systems for Traffic Signals and other related Highway Equipment - To ensure that these systems operate as expected, battery testing is essential.
~Phil R, Engineering Consultant, Cardiff, United Kingdom
I have not used fuel cells, my primary interest, but I have looked at them for use in digester gas utilization. The battery use is primarily for UPS systems for our SCADA.
~Kerry Ellquist, WasteWater Lead Treatment Plant Operator, Duluth, MN
RV, Commercial vehicle and public service vehicle axillary power supplies, Sweeping and cleaning equipment and inverter power supplies.
~Engineering, Other, Newport, Great Britain
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Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that battery, fuel cell or solar test equipment have been used for.
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Our 288 cell (2V) battery bank is charged all the time by either generators (with rectifiers), solar and/or wind turbines. DC loads come directly off the battery bank. Inverters powered by the battery bank power the AC loads. The battery bank is central to everything.
~Robert C, Telecommunications Engineer, Denver, CO
Used to date @ home for lighting, refrigeration, PC desktops & laptops,TV, satellite DSTV, video player , washing machines, dishwasher & the tumble dryer uses the most current/load so that has to run during the day when the sun shines & charges the batteries, swimming pool also during the day because of the load...Use Solar geysers for heating the hot water & sometimes the 1.5kW geyser element... but that kills the batteries.
~Hilton B, Electrician, Bloemfontein, South Africa
I haven't used any non-standard equipment.... unless you think wind power is non-standard... I find most people in my sunshine State of Florida overlook the use of wind power which produces more electricity (day and night) at a cheaper cost ( Florida has trade winds and regularly occurring storms that give peak performance of wind turbines both during day and night periods... Mountainous regions and plains areas can produce even more continuous winds.
~Richard R, Retired due to disabilities, Sandord, FL
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Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of battery, fuel cell or solar test equipment?
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Biggest mistake I made was not having my solar and battery system adequately protected from lightning.... One strike took out half my solar cells per panel and discharged my battery pack into my inverter setting fire to my house before my fuses blew.... Now I have multiple grounds with grounding wires as straight as I could come from the lightning antennas to the ground since lightning follows the path of least restrictions, meaning it likes to travel in straight lines... The straighter the lines from the point of the strike the less the lightning travels off that path into other electrical systems. If properly done, you can have multiple strikes without any damage just like the radio and TV stations learned the hard way down here in Florida.
~Richard R, Retired due to disabilities, Sandord, FL
Yes. When installers mix old and new or charged and discharges batteries with each other when doing an installation the batteries in good condition damage, destroy or blow up the batteries in poor condition during heavy loading or fast charging.
~Nelius De Lange, Design Engineer, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
A battery incident due to lack of maintenance. We saw the results of a battery explosion on starting of a jet turbine engine used for standby power genset application.
~Doug Pfaff, Technical Support/Services, Regina, Canada
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FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
23 answers
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Roofing solar cells that produce both electricity and hot water.... I still like the old lead acid battery selection as a cheaper form of storage even though the fire/explosion risk and maintenance/care is higher but can be reduced by proper design of the battery room....
~Richard R, Retired due to disabilities, Sandord, FL
Our wish is to invent a complete testing kit for battery and solar panels life during purchased and installation for accuracy and determination.
~Nasir I, Engineer, Kano, Nigeria
Fuel cell technology to stop EV vehicle range anxiety. Capacitor storage for braking regeneration . Minimum range of 200km in a ev vehicle.
~Wayne T, Fire fighter, Marion south australia, Australia
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Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of battery, fuel cell or solar test equipment?
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Don't use quick discharge tests. They only find the worst batteries.
~Curtis A, Power Maintenance Engineer, Littleton, CO
Have fuses & wiring up to date & they must be well ventilated & protected from the weather.
~Hilton B, Electrician, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Make sure that the equipment you use is rated for True RMS and the accuracy is sufficient for the application.
~Nelius De Lange, Design Engineer, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Buying AdviceTop

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Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using battery, fuel cell or solar test equipment?
11 answers
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Ensure the present equipments are upgradable and compatible to developments after 2-3 years. The equipment must 100% comply to SAFETY STANDARDS. These equipments are required on site. Hence the travel kit should be designed accordingly so that no damage is done to equipment during travel.
~Milind Joshi, Marketing/Sales, Mumbai, India
My biggest advice is location, location, location,,,,, where you live and where you mount your solar/wind/storage devices.... most important... test equipment should be in two locations (the battery storage area and somewhere inside the home for easy access to monitor production and use of generated power as well as acid levels of batteries.... It cuts down on the daily work to maintain the system.
~Richard R, Retired due to disabilities, Sandord, FL
Check your loads & have enough batteries to carry you through for 3 days as the clouds can cover & influence the charging rate so solar cell conversion rate & price are important.
~Hilton B, Electrician, Bloemfontein, South Africa
My advice to users is to contact the professional tech. before doing anything with batteries.
~Nasir I, Engineer, Kano, Nigeria
Make sure to do plenty of testing in all environments.
~Bernard F, Purchaser, Shannon, Ireland
Try to utilize USA products. They are much more consistent in quality.
~Michael O, General Management, Tucson, AZ
Research and monitor the user groups to determine what is appropriate.
~Wayne T, Fire fighter, Marion south australia, Australia
Yes we have solar equipment (MICROCARE)
~Nelius De Lange, Design Engineer, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Keep it simple and inexpensive.
~Azri'el C., Business owner, Bucklin, MO
Buy quality, expect quality.
~Max R, Engineering Consultant, Lima, Peru
AVOID HYPE!
~Jack Fitzgerald, Chief Operating Officer, Venice, FL


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